Inspiring Action: Museums and Social Change

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In this groundbreaking new book, leading museum professionals contribute practical and inspiring essays on how their institutions are responding to the new social challenges of the 21st century. Helping rehabilitate young offenders. Reskilling long-term unemployed people. Providing new enjoyment for the elderly. Working alongside disadvantaged minorities. The case studies in this book share pioneering museum experience from the UK, USA, Australia and Africa. They explore the theory and practice of building social inclusion into museum and gallery programmes. They are powerful, moving - and an inspiration to action. Among the institutions whose programmes feature in the book's information-packed 320 pages are: * Tate Modern * Victoria & Albert Museum * Royal Armouries * Tower of London * Clarke Art Institute, Wiliamstown, USA * Weeksville Heritage, Brooklyn, USA * Museum Victoria, Melbourne, Australia * Durban Art Gallery, South Africa

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Carol Brown has more than fifteen years of experience writing dozens of books and user manuals, online Help systems from the traditional to the revolutionary, training materials both computer-based and in print, and user interfaces from buttons to wizards. Before that she wrote the first guides to eating on the cheap in Seattle, served as a management and organizational consultant, taught high school math and science, created wearable art, and traveled the world.

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Inspiring Action lives up to its title. Thirteen museum professionals reflect upon their experiences in addressing societal issues and becoming change agents in their communities. Each essay is a case study in how a museum can cultivate its sense of social responsibility and channel it into meaningful programs. This book should put to rest any belief - or fear - that museums cannot overcome their insular traditions. - Dr Carol Bossert, CB Services, LLC and host of The Museum Life on VoiceAmerica Radio. An inspiring collection of essays which refuses any dichotomy between practice and the crucial theorisation of power and politics, and which shows that change and innovation in art galleries and museums comes through experimentation, trying things out and action itself. Helen Graham, Director, Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage, University of Leeds. The authors in this volume form a bold and uplifting chorus of voices. Collectively, they ask museums to stop merely reflecting society, and instead become an active part of it. This book will undoubtedly appeal to an important and necessary new generation of museum professionals: the questioners, the rabble-rousers, and the innovators who work to keep our institutions relevant. - Andrea K Jones, Director of Programs and Visitor Engagement, Accokeek Foundation. Inspiring Action highlights a range of forward-thinking museums across the globe that are working to become change agents within their communities. These important and timely essays challenge museums to be more socially responsive, more inclusive of local communities, and more engaged in public life. A great read! - Dr Michael Murawski, Director of Education & Public Programs, Portland Art Museum. By drawing upon leading practice from across the globe, Inspiring Action: Museums and Social Change explores how museums enable, mobilise and narrate social change. This must-read collection of essays has never been more timely as many museums grapple with the role they play in their communities; how to listen more, build stronger relationships and be brave, honest and ambitious in their decision-making and actions. - Esme Ward, Head of Engagement, The Whitworth and Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester. The Inspiring Action collection of essays delivers on its promise. Drawing on the experience and expertise of museum professionals working across a range of social and political contexts, the practical complexities and cultural rewards of effecting social change are described in edifying detail. This is an invaluable volume for those interested in the capacity of museums to make a real social difference. - Kerry Wilson, Head of Research, Institute of Cultural Capital.

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